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Apple walnut cake with honey – easy and super moist!

6 November 2018 | Last Updated: 14 November 2019

Autumn apple walnut cake, perfect for tea time. It’s fluffy, super moist, loaded with apples, nuts, and cinnamon. It‘s simple and quick to make. I used brown sugar, its caramel taste works here great, I also swapped half of it for honey. Thanks to the addition of honey, this cake is more moist – even on the second and third day!

If you have more apples left, try these delicious pumpkin apple ring pancakes or apple tart with meringue topping. This shredded carrot and apple slaw is also worth a try.

a piece of apple walnut cake on a wooden board
a couple of pieces of apple walnut cake with honey on a wooden board

APPLE WALNUT CAKE WITH HONEY – STEP-BY-STEP:

STEP 1: Start by preparing all your ingredients and a 27 cm / 11-inch round springform cake pan, by greasing it lightly butter and lining with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3, no fan.

STEP 2: Using a mixer, whisk the eggs with sugar until light and fluffy, it will take about 4-5 minutes.

STEP 3: Slowly pour in the oil in a thin stream, mixing at the lowest speed.

STEP 4: Mix the honey with vanilla extract together, slowly pour in a thin stream, mixing at the lowest speed.

STEP 5: In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, fold in with a silicone spatula until just combined, not longer. You don’t want to overmix the batter so that the cake is light and fluffy.

STEP 6: Gently fold in the cubed apples and roughly chopped walnuts with a silicone spatula.

STEP 7: Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve!

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST APPLE WALNUT CAKE:

  1. It’s important to whisk the eggs with sugar for a minimum of 4-5 minutes. They need to be really fluffy and pale. Thanks to that the cake will be also light and fluffy.
  2. Add the oil and honey-vanilla extract mixture in a thin stream, do not add it all at once and mix at the lowest speed of the mixer. This will ensure that these ingredients are well combined with the batter.
  3. Gently fold in the flour mixture and then the apples and nuts. Don’t overmix the batter or it will be dense.
  4. What apple variety is best: I used a semi-hard apple variety. Very soft apples will moisten the cake too much and hard apples have a too firm texture for my liking.
  5. Instead of walnuts, you can also add pecans.

WHAT TO SERVE THE APPLE CAKE WITH WALNUTS AND HONEY:

STORING AND FREEZING TIPS:

* How to store apple cake with walnuts: Store the cake in a tightly closed container, at room temperature. It will keep for several days. On the next day, it tastes as good as right after baking.

* How to freeze apple walnut cake: This cake freezes very well. Cut it into pieces (it’s better, but you can also leave it whole) and freeze. Bake at 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3, no fan until defrosted and warm.

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Apple walnut and honey cake – easy and super moist!

Fluffy and moist apple cake with lots of walnuts, rich in taste thanks to honey and cinnamon.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 444kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup light brown sugar 100g / 3.5 oz, scoop and leveled
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil neutral-flavored, 170g / 6 oz
  • ½ cup honey 160g / 5.6 oz, preferably with mild, delicate flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose-flour 280g / 9.9 oz, spoon and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon preferably Ceylon cinnamon
  • 4 cups chopped apples cut into 1.5-2 cm / ¾ – 1 inch cubes, 6 very small apples, 800g / 1.7 lbs
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts 100g / 3.5 oz, or pecans

Instructions

  • Prepare a 27 cm / 11 inch round springform cake pan, grease it lightly butter and line with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3, no fan (if you have convection oven, reduce the temperature by about 20 degrees).
  • Using a mixer, whisk the eggs with sugar until light and fluffy, it will take about 4-5 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the oil in a thin stream, mixing at the lowest speed.
  • Mix the honey with vanilla extract together, slowly pour in a thin stream, mixing at the lowest speed.
  • In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, fold in with a silicone spatula until just combined, not longer.
  • Peel and core the apples, cut into 1.5-2 cm / ¾ – 1 inch cubes. Roughly chop the walnuts.
  • Add the apples and nuts to the batter, fold in gently with a spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The baking time may slightly vary, depending on the oven. A cake tester or a wooden skewer, stuck in the center of the cake, should come out clean.
  • Wait until partially cooled, then cut into servings. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Notes

* Store the cake in a tightly closed container, at room temperature. It will keep for several days. On the next day tastes as good as after baking.
* 1 cup is 240 ml, 1 cup flour = 125g. For this recipe, using a 240 ml US cup or 250 ml EU/AU cup is fine!
* Freezing: This cake freezes very well. Cut it into pieces and freeze. Bake at 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3 until defrosted and warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine international
Keyword apple walnut cake, apple walnut cake with honey, moist apple cake

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    11 August 2019 at 09:24

    5 stars
    Turned out great, our family loved it. Thank you for thr recipe!

    • Reply
      Aleksandra
      11 August 2019 at 09:28

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for letting me know 🙂

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